A Life of Benito Juarez: Constitutional President of Mexico

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Remington, 1894 - Mexico - 384 pages
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Page 36 - For myself, I was bitterly opposed to the measure, and to this day regard the war, which resulted, as one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation.
Page 144 - I can see is to be found in the small moderate party who may step in perhaps before all is lost, to save their country from impending ruin. Patriotism, in the common acceptation of the term, appears to be unknown, and no one man of any note is to be found in the ranks of either party. Contending factions struggle for the possession of power only to gratify either their cupidity or their revenge, and in the meantime the country sinks lower and lower, whilst its population becomes brutalized and degraded...
Page 332 - I am grieved, madam, to see you thus on your knees before me ; but if all the kings and queens of Europe were in your place I could not spare that life. It is not I who takes it, it is the people and the law ; and if I should not do its will, the people would take it and mine- also.
Page 147 - As long as the present dishonest and incapable administration remains in power, things will go from bad to worse; but with a government formed of respectable men, could such be found, the resources of the country are so great that it might easily fulfil its engagements, and increase threefold the amount of its exportations, not only of the precious metals, but of those productions for which they receive British manufactured goods in exchange. Mexico furnishes two-thirds of the silver now in circulation,...
Page 151 - French, feeling themselves compelled by the arbitrary and vexatious conduct of the authorities of the Republic of Mexico to demand from those authorities more efficacious protection for the persons and properties of their subjects, as well as a fulfillment of the obligations contracted towards their Majesties by the Republic of Mexico...
Page 36 - has passed the boundary of the United States, . . . and shed American blood upon American soil. War exists, and exists by the act of Mexico herself.
Page 325 - Indian face, which was not disfigured, but, on the contrary, made more interesting, by a very large scar across it. He had very black piercing eyes, and gave one the impression of being a man who reflects much, and deliberates long and carefully before acting. He wore high English collars and a black neck-tie, and was dressed in black broadcloth.
Page 114 - ... the following terms : 60 per cent, of the value of such houses or lands are to be paid in bonds of the internal debt (which bonds are in reality only worth 6 per cent.), and the remaining 40 per cent, in " pagares " or promises to pay hard cash, at 60, and even 80 months
Page 144 - ... which reigns throughout the length and breadth of the land, is occupied in disputing about vain theories of so-called government on ultra-liberal principles, whilst the respectable part of the population is delivered up defenceless to the attacks of robbers and assassins, who swarm on the highroads and in the streets of the capital.
Page 147 - Lordship will thus perceive that it has become impossible any longer to suffer the illegal and outrageous proceedings of a Government which neither respects itself nor its most solemn engagements. It is only by adopting coercive measures that we can force them to give up a system of violent spoliation which in reality is nearly as prejudicial to themselves as to those foreigners who are so unfortunate as to have brought their capital and industry to a country so misgoverned. On the publication of...

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